Convenience Store Woman – Sayaka Murata
Convenience Store Woman describes the life a woman trying to fit in with society, it is wonderfully weird, insightful, and well-written.
Vacationland – John Hodgman
Before Rob introduced me to the podcast Judge John Hodgman (where Hodgman settles petty disputes), I best knew Hodgman as the PC in the “I’m a Mac / I’m a PC” Apple commercials circa 2006. I’ve grown to appreciate his wit and commentary. In Vacationland Hodgman pokes fun at himself as a product of privilege when he finds himself owning two vacation homes.
I’m still working on some of the books from my December reading list, but here are the next two I’m hoping to read:
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup – The rise and fall of Stanford drop out Elizabeth Holmes and her start up, Theranos, which promised to revolutionize health with a drop of blood, but couldn’t deliver.
American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment – After his release from imprisonment in Iranian, a Mother Jones reporter takes a job as a prison guard to learn about incarceration in American from the inside.
I’m naturally more drawn to non-fiction than fiction, but I’m hoping to read more fiction this year. If anyone has any great novels to recommend, please let me know.
I have a ton of books on my list this month:
Candide – What I’m reading right now. Candide is like a parody of the tale of an aristocrat. It’s very short and fun to read.
An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good – A humorous book about an 88 year old Swedish woman murders anyone who gets in her way.
Faithful Place – A 19-year-old man plans to run away with his girlfriend but she never shows up at the train station, he assumes she left him until 22 years later when her suitcase is discovered in an abandoned house. Don’t you want to read this book now?
Small Fry – I am eager to read this memoir about Lisa-Brennan Jobs, the daughter of Steve Jobs.
Damnation Island – A history of Riker’s Island and how New York treated the poor, mentally ill, and criminal.
Art Thinking – This book is a practical guide to navigating creative self-employment with advice detailing how the worlds of creativity and commerce collide.